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Higher Ground

Posted: Saturday, May 21

 Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions &amp; Christian Education Pastor

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

1 Samuel 29:1-31:13
John 11:55-12:19
Psalm 118:1-18
Proverbs 15:24-26 

 

Verse of the day:

The path of life leads upward for the wise; they leave the grave behind (Proverbs 15:24)


Upward, better, excel…  all of these words describe the direction of success. While we “slide” into mediocrity, we must “press on” to reach the goal. While we “drift” towards “normal”; we have to “struggle” for “best.” Excellence isn’t a characteristic, it’s an attitude, it’s a heart condition. God intends our life to be a journey of passionate intentionality and He works in our hearts to change our lives.

 

 

An old church hymn reinforces this verse: “I’m pressing on the upward way, New heights I’m gaining every day; Still praying as I onward bound, ‘Lord plant my feet on higher ground.’” Solomon taught his son a life lesson we would all be wise to follow: Men and women who choose to walk in godly wisdom have a heavenly focus and avoid the paths that follow the way of sin which leads to destruction.

 

 

You might believe, “It’s too late for me. I’ve made to many mistakes. The higher ground is simply out of reach.” Theodore Levitt of Harvard Business School stated, “Experience comes from what we have done. Wisdom comes from what we have done badly.” You might believe your list of mistakes is just too long, but with God’s help those failures can become stepping stones to a new future.

 

 

If you come to a fork in your road today and you’re confronted with a decision, take the high road. It may not be the easier road; however, it is the way to the life you’ve always wanted.